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Historian Craig Shirley: Trump, Reagan Eye to Eye on Defense

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By    |   Friday, 28 Apr 2017 03:26 PM

President Donald Trump has Reagan-esque qualities when it comes to national defense, Craig Shirley, author of "Reagan Rising: The Decisive Years, 1976-1980," told Newsmax TV on Friday.

"During the 1980 campaign, Reagan was talking about his defense policy … [and one reporter] said to him, 'but governor, won't that lead to an arms race?' Reagan replied, 'maybe we need an arms race,'" Shirley told Newsmax TV's JD Hayworth.

"The unthinking reporters were aghast, but … he was talking about peace and strength and to have a military second to none so that nobody would ever dare challenge us."

"He was right and it brought about ultimately the destruction and the defeat of the Soviet Union and the Soviet military aggression. I think what Trump innately understands is that peace does not come through weakness."

Nor, added Shirley, a noted presidential historian, does peace come through "endless negotiation."

"Peace ultimately comes when we're stronger than the bad guys," he told Hayworth.

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In the past week, Trump has ramped up the tough talk on North Korea, whose sable-rattling leader Kim Jong-un has been threatening to unleash nuclear weapons.

"[Reagan] always said, we will strive for peace. He said that many, many times. But we have to be prepared for war. The world is not a peaceful world, we live in a dangerous world."

That is especially so since the end of World War II and the rise of the Cold War, as well as with the rise of "aggressor states" according to Shirley.

"And Donald Trump understands it and he's demonstrated that he understands it just as Reagan did," he said.

"Reagan Rising: The Decisive Years, 1976-1980" is published by Broadside Books.

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